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Boulder, CO
May 26 — Jun 2
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Boulder, CO
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Cheap car rentals in Boulder

Pickup truck$41/day
Intermediate SUV$38/day
Standard SUV$41/day
Supplier choice$42/day
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Boulder car rental reviews and directory

From $41/dayRated #1
Best rated
7.7 Good (43 reviews)
3 locations in Boulder
Locations in Boulder
  • 7.8
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  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
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2.0 MediocreMar 23 2022
They never provided a car after accepting the reservation. Very bad service
10.0 ExcellentFeb 2 2021
Staff here are always conscientious about mask wearing, pick-up and drop-off are quick and easy with minimal interactions.
8.8 ExcellentJul 8 2020
Drop off was super easy and I got an even better car than I expected.The all fees including the deposit should have been included in my reservation details. The location I was originally supposed to pick the car up from was closed and I only found a bit before I was supposed to pick the car up.
6.0 GoodDec 29 2019
Staff member Sarah was very nice.The initial car had a broken windshield washer, and I was told there were no other cars available. After a call and a couple of trips back to the car rental place, they were able to find another car. It would have been unsafe to drive a car without a functioning windshield washer especially on snowy roads in Colorado.
10.0 ExcellentJul 5 2019
Great staff, great value for a one way rental.
10.0 ExcellentMar 18 2019
The staff was very friendly and helped to drop off my car super easy
2.0 MediocreJan 11 2019
Called me 30 minutes before pick up to tell me they didn’t have my vehicle available.
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2018
Nice car, cheap rates!It was nice to be picked up, and my car was very nice clean comfortable. Would definitely recommend to friends!
10.0 ExcellentSep 20 2018
StraightforwardCustomer serviceHad to wait ten minutes but staff were very apologetic
10.0 ExcellentSep 14 2017
The customer service and car were great.I didn't like the surprise $150 deposit I was asked for when I went to pick up the car. I didn't know that that deposit existed.
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From $35/dayRated #2
Cheapest deal
6.9 Good (41 reviews)
2 locations in Boulder
Locations in Boulder
  • 6.7
  • 7.4
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  • 6.9
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4.0 OkayMay 3 2022
I’ve never had an experience quite like this. At pickup, in Boulder, CO I was offered a Jeep Wrangler, rather than a Jetta type car that I’d reserved. After seeing the black boxy 4wd Jeep, I asked for something more comfortable on the road. Was given a Kia Forte sedan. There were a number of SUVs but was told that the one I pointed to had bad tires. I looked over the Kia before I left, but in the shadows, narrow space between cars and layer of dirt, I could not see 2 very large dents on both sides of the car. One was over 3’ long. Could see them as soon as I parked in the sun back home. No one answered at the local rental counter, but did reach helpful person on national line. Sent pictures of the car. No time to exchange car, and didn’t feel confidence that another one from that location would be any better. Car felt loose on road and easily shook in the wind. I returned the car at the Santa Fe airport where construction was underway and the car rental parking area was gone. I was the only person at the Budget/Avis counter where 2 employees stood. They asked if I had the mileage which I didn’t. They had no idea where the car was, just asked if it was in the general lot, took the keys and returned to their conversation. I asked for a receipt and told they’d just email me. Couldn’t be bothered to walk out the door with me to see the car and record the mileage. I just left.
8.0 ExcellentApr 19 2021
Easy rental and return. Had the vehicle that we wanted/needed. Vehicle was clean and in good condition.There were no issues.
2.0 MediocreJun 15 2020
Nothing. Representative was extremely rude on both pick up and drop off. High pressure sales tactics for extra insurance, add ons and lied about the available vehicles. Wanted to charge me extra for " the only available car" being above the tier I paid for.Absolutely everything! Rude service.
6.8 GoodOct 19 2019
Car was not clean. Windows were smeared.
5.2 OkayAug 15 2019
The car itself was very up to date with technology which was nice and having Sirius on a long roadtrip was great.Waited in line for 30 minutes to get my car and it was gross on the inside. Also called about 8 times in one day to try to get ahold of someone to ask a question and no one ever answered the phone.
10.0 ExcellentApr 10 2019
Staff was very friendly and showed me all the bells and whistles on the vehicle I was renting. Pick-up and drop-off were a breeze.
10.0 ExcellentOct 8 2018
Great car great priceThe car was brand new and full of all the new accessories — leather seats, seat warmers, ambient lighting that changes color. It was such a comfy ride to take cross country and worth every penny. The guy at the pick up was intent on getting us a good road trip car. I will definitely choose budget again!!Nothing! Great experience all around.
2.0 MediocreAug 19 2018
Worst rental experienceDespite Kayak saying there were plenty of compact cars at both budget and Avis, we arrived to be told there were no cars. After much discussion, we were finally told the only thing left was a minivan...Spent a week with a minivan trying to drive through mountains...Tried to change the return time by two hours and return the car at the airport vs in town only to be told it would increase the price by over $200!!
4.0 OkayApr 16 2018
Car smelled like cigarette smokePrice was fair.Car smelled like cigarette smoke, was dirty. Had to pay more because I showed up 30 minutes before reservation, but the car I'd reserved hadn't been returned yet.
8.0 ExcellentJan 11 2018
Great value!Last minute reservation. Great price. Friendly staff.The car broke down and I had to exchange it for a new one.
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From $37/dayRated #3
Most popular
6.8 Good (36 reviews)
1 location in Boulder
Locations in Boulder
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  • 6.9
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  • 7
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMay 8 2022
+ Very fast drop off. + Good price. + Pleasant agent. - Low tire light was on but they said that was normal and didn’t do anything about it. We added air ourselves. - Very confusing and costly half-full-tank plan.
2.0 MediocreMar 23 2022
No car! That’s how it is lately
2.0 MediocreDec 29 2021
Never even rented the car. One of the employees in the store was extremely rude. Not impressed.
1.9 HorribleAug 21 2021
Car was filthy - and after the second cleaning…”well sir…this is all we got and all we can do”.
1.9 HorribleAug 17 2021
they called me and told me no cars
1.9 HorribleAug 9 2021
Pick up took almost two hours as the office was completely understaffed. The only lady working there was doing her best, but half of the computer terminals were not working and there was simply too much business for one person to handle.
2.0 MediocreJun 10 2021
Nothing.Everything. My rental vehicle wasn't ready when I picked it up, so I waited while they "cleaned" it, which was only vacuuming—no other cleaning, no COVID-level disinfecting. It was a work van so I figured fine if it wasn't super clean. However, while I had the rental I found multiple Q-tips (in the cupholders and on the floor), a bobby pin in another cupholder and tortilla chips on the floor. Gross. While driving the van in the rain, I discovered that it LEAKED extensively from the rearview mirror onto the dash/console (where the electronics are), flooding the cupholders and dripping onto the floor. I was moving a van full of antique furniture from my parents' estate, so flooding in the vehicle was a concern. It rained 4 days--so I drove with a towel over the dash to try to protect the electronics, and water dripping everywhere. I had to sop dirty water out of those uncleaned cupholders. When I went to drop the van off there were 3 parties ahead of me and 2 people working. I waited 40+ minutes just to return the vehicle. During this time employees were running around, no one greeted/acknowledged any of the waiting customers--people were not happy. When it was my turn, I told them about the dirtiness and the leak--which they needed to fix. The woman checking me in said something like, oh no, that's not ok, and then LEFT THE ROOM without explanation—and didn't come back!! I was left waiting while she was in the next room loudly chit-chatting with the people ahead of me for 10 minutes, making sure that they were taken care of while I stood there wondering if she was coming back. When the other employee finished with his customer he asked if I was being helped—I told him that I thought I was, but that the woman just left. His dismissively responded, “well don’t worry about that” and he tried to hurry me up as there were other people waiting behind me. I told him again about the dirtiness and the leak, and wanted to show him where the leak was. I felt hurried and dismissed—he didn’t want to see the photos or video I took, I had to force him to do a once-over of the vehicle to make sure there wasn't any new damage--there was body damage to the vehicle when I picked it up, so I didn't want to be charged for that. Because I was getting brushed off, I told the man I told the man that they have a major customer service problem, which is an understatement. There was no apology about the terrible customer service, the van not being ready or clean or the leak, but he told me I would be compensated for the problems and "not be charged for one day or something." Needless to say, I wasn't compensated and WAS CHARGED FULL PRICE. Really incompetent all around. I won’t rent here again and am notifying Hertz corporate about my experience.
6.0 GoodJun 9 2021
The staff was ok and drop off and pick up were both greatThe van I rented was dirty when I got it and they seemed to have no desire to clean it. I had to get going pretty quick so I did not push the issue.
10.0 ExcellentDec 13 2020
Karen Edwards is outstanding! She’s worth more than whatever you’re paying her. She’s ready for much bigger responsibilities!All was fine!
10.0 ExcellentOct 13 2020
Very friendly staff
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From $35/dayRated #4
6.8 Good (27 reviews)
2 locations in Boulder
Locations in Boulder
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
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  • 6.9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 1 2022
Was just more expensive than I expected.
2.8 MediocreJun 30 2020
6.0 GoodJul 6 2019
The employee I interacted with both times was pleasant to deal with. He upsold me and I'm glad I did -- he suggested I rent the next biggest vehicle to fit all passengers and luggage and I barely fit.The car was not cleaned at all when I got into it. There were drink splatters on the interior windows, trash, dirt and crumbs on seats and floors; the outside was dirty as well.
2.4 MediocreJun 6 2019
The staff was rude, and gave us a minivan instead of a sedan. We had to wait outside on the pavement with our luggage while he vacuumed the van, as it hadn't been cleaned yet. Still filthy once we got in, dog hair and gunk everywhere. No apologies about the inconvenience.
4.0 OkayOct 12 2018
Our car door was faulty, and pick up was confusing.
10.0 ExcellentJun 25 2018
Great rental although no money refunded for the early return.New, clean vehicle!N/a
10.0 ExcellentMar 9 2018
Easy rental, convenient service, relatively inexpensive for dropoff in different city.
7.2 GoodDec 30 2017
Pick up problemsWe asked for an economy car. When we arrived to pick it up, we were recommended an upgrade for a 'discounted rate' of an additional $10. We refused the upgrade and were then informed that there were no economy cars, and we would get the bigger, upgraded car for no additional charge. This upsets me for two reasons - first, we would have been charged for the upgrade had we not refused, even though the car we reserved a month in advance was not there. And two - we prefer smaller cars, and had purposely reserved a small car, yet were unable to get the one we reserved.
8.0 ExcellentSep 12 2017
very reasonably pricedcar wasn't ready even though I arrived 30min after reserved time
5.2 OkayAug 5 2017
Very nice and efficient
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2 locations in Boulder
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Top tips for renting a car in Boulder

  • Boulder truly is a city for cars and visitors are highly recommended to rent a vehicle during their time in the city. This is especially the case if you plan on taking in any of the natural scenery around Boulder, such as the Flatirons. The Flatirons are one Boulder’s most iconic sights and are just a 2-mile or 8-minute drive from the city center, but they are only accessible via personal vehicle.
  • Chances are good that step one of your itinerary is to pick up your rental car upon arriving in Boulder. For travelers with flights landing at Denver International Airport, you can reach the rental car facilities via the airport’s rental shuttle, which picks passengers up from outside of Jeppesen Terminal on Level 5 at Island 4.
  • One thing to keep in mind when visiting Boulder is that the mountains during winter are often full of snow. Visitors of the area should keep that in mind when planning itineraries, as a sudden snowfall can often lead the roads to get bogged down in the early morning before the snow plows have had a chance to clear them. In the case of snowy mountain roads, just make sure to drive carefully and be aware that it will take your car longer than normal to slow down.
  • Rush hour traffic in Boulder, while not as severe as neighboring Denver, is still worth avoiding if possible. Congestion picks up during the morning rush hour from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., then starts back up in the afternoon at around 4:00 p.m. and slows down again at about 7:00 p.m. I-25 is one of the major congestion culprits in Boulder and those who do not want to get caught up in traffic should avoid it during rush hour.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Boulder for $37 or less
  • Book your rental car in Boulder at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Boulder are around -76% cheaper than other car types, on average

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